‘And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’’ Numbers 6:22-26
Pastor James’ Prayer:
God, it is my prayer that I can speak the blessings and peace to all who are reading this right now. Lord, please bless Journey Church and all those reading this book. Lord, please keep those safe and protected. Lord, please make Your face shine upon everyone at Journey Church and reading this book. Lord, please be gracious and give Your peace to everyone at Journey Church and those reading this book.
Personally, I want to thank you for going through this Journey of Peace with me! It’s my prayer that you will have a peace that will surpass all your
understanding, and you will understand because of what Jesus did, you can have peace anywhere and everywhere you go.
P.S. You might want to personalize this prayer for your family.
God Bless and may the God of Peace be with you today and always!
– Pastor James
‘Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: ‘ Hebrews 12:14
‘Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.’ Matthew 5:9
As we pursue peace with all people, God pursues us to give us peace. When we learn to pursue peace, we begin to see the Lord. We begin to see the power and presence of God in our situation and circumstance which results in peace. When we pursue peace, we become peacemakers –others will see God working in our life.
Remember, God’s peace is relational not
circumstantial, so when we pursue peace with all people, we begin to come into God’s presence and enjoy the relational peace that no one can take from us.
Prayer: “Father, help me to pursue peace and give me the wisdom to become a peacemaker. As I pursue peace and become a peacemaker thank You for the relational peace You give me. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
‘to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” ‘ Hebrews 7:2
Abraham gave a tenth to the King of Kings because he knew everything belonged to the Lord. Obeying God and giving the first tenth or tithes brings peace, protection, and provision.
‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts;’ Malachi 3:10-11
Learn to enjoy the peace that comes from giving the tithe into the storehouse (Church) and watch God bless you in a new and exciting way. Give as you are giving to the King of Peace, because He is the King of Peace. You can’t rob God and have peace.
Prayer: “Father, Help me to learn to enjoy giving the first 10th of my income to You. Thank You for the peace it brings. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
‘Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.’ II Thessalonians 3:16
I love this verse. The Lord of peace Himself not only wants to give us peace, but He wants us to have it always and everywhere we go. As we understand that the Lord is with us and for us, we will have peace always and everywhere we go. It’s being aware of God’s presence in our life and understanding He is the one in control that brings peace in every area of our life.
Is there an area of your life that God is not the Lord over? If so, today would be a great day to give that area to Him and enjoy the peace God has for you!
Prayer: “Father, I thank You that You can give me peace always and everywhere I go. Help me to enjoy that peace by believing and obeying your Word. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
‘Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. ‘ I Thessalonians 5:23
The God of peace wants us to have complete peace. God wants our spirit, soul (emotions), and body to be at peace. God wants to minister to the whole person.
One of the words for peace is Shalom, which basically means wholeness and well-being. God wants us to have peace in all areas of our life.
What areas of your life do you need peace in right now? Would you be willing to set that part of your life apart to be used by God?
When we give that part of our life to God—God then begins to clean it and make it whole.
Prayer: “Father, I want complete wholeness and well-being! Thank You that You can give it to me. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
We beg you, our friends, to pay proper respect to those who work among you, who guide and instruct you in the Christian life. Treat them with the greatest respect and love because of the work they do. Be at peace among yourselves. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
God wants us to show the proper respect to those over us. God is a God of order and respect. One of the greatest problems in America today is lack of respect for authority. If you learn to respect the
position (even when there’s time you may not respect the person) you will begin to enjoy peace with God and peace with those over you.
How can we show respect that brings peace with God and those over us?
Prayer: “Father, help me to show respect to those over me and those who are teaching and leading me as a way of showing You respect. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
‘For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. ‘ I Thessalonians 5:3
If you try and find your peace and safety in the world, it will lead to destruction. Before Jesus returns many will be saying, “Peace and Safety” here on earth, but the only lasting peace and safety is in Jesus Christ here on earth and later in heaven.
The closer Jesus’ return gets the more we will need the peace that can only come from God. Don’t allow the Fake Peace to keep you from the only real and lasting peace.
Fake Peace is believing anything or anybody can bring you peace apart from God.
Prayer: “Father, I thank You that Your peace cannot be taken from me, help me to become aware when I’m starting to put my faith in Fake Peace. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
‘and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.’ Colossians 1:20
Through the Son, then, God decided to bring the whole universe back to himself. God made peace through his Son’s blood on the cross and so brought back to himself all things, both on earth and in heaven. Colossians 1:20
The only way we can have peace is through God’s Son, Jesus Christ and the only way we can lose that peace is if we have sin that’s not under the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus paid the price for our peace.
Jesus’ blood covers our sins where we can have peace with God and the peace of God.
When God looks down from heaven (and we have put our sins under the blood of Jesus Christ by asking Him to forgive us)—God does not see us as sinners but as SAINTS.
I love it you can just call me Saint James, but the truth is, you could put your name where mine is because you really are a Saint and loved by God.
Prayer: “Father, I thank You for allowing Jesus’ blood to cover my sins and bring peace with You and to me. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
‘and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; ‘ Ephesians 6:15
Understanding how you are going to fight against the enemy helps bring both victory and peace. The only real power Satan has over us is for us to believe His lies. The more of God’s Word we know, the more prepared we will be when the enemy attacks.
Every time Satan would tempt Jesus – Jesus was
prepared to quote scripture back to Satan. One of the best tools I have is what I call the “Never Again” list. When I’m tempted in some area, I look at the list and quote God’s Word out loud when possible.
NOTE: The “Never Again” List is in the back of this book.
Prayer: ”Father, help me to be better prepared for Satan’s attacks and use Your Word to bring peace in the midst of trials. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
‘endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ‘ Ephesians 4:3
Three Steps to having unity of the Spirit:
‘Lord, my heart is not haughty, Nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me.’ Psalms 131:1
Prayer: “Father, I want to have unity of the Spirit with You and my loved ones. Please give me the insights and wisdom I need to have unity of the Spirit that results in peace. In Jesus Name, Amen.”